December 3rd, 2013- In This Issue:
Meet The Premier League's Other US International Goal Keeper

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SOUTHAMPTON - Barking out orders on a clear, crisp day on the South Coast of England in Autumn, U.S. international Cody Cropper is a long way from Minnesota the day before Thanksgiving.

But he looks at home.


The young 'keeper has carved out a name for himself, against all the odds, in English soccer and is now making waves at one of the best clubs in Europe at nurturing young talent, he's on the crest of a wave and he wants more.


Cropper, 20, could be about to get his big break.


Last Sunday I went to watch Southampton lose 3-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Cropper was there as third-choice 'keeper, completing the warm ups on the pitch and currently sits behind Polish international Artur Boruc, veteran Kelvin Davis and young Argentine Paolo Gazzaniga. In between my first meeting with Cropper just before Thanksgiving and now, all of a sudden he's moved up two spots in the depth chart.


On Wednesday against Aston Villa at St. Marys, Cropper is expected to make his first ever match day squad in the Premier League under Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino. Boruc broke his hand in the defeat to Chelsea, while veteran Davis is also out injured.


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MTA National Savings Network Fundraiser - 15 Days Left!
Fundraiser Dates: November 18th-December 18th 


MTA Families,

Just a reminder that our MTA National Savings Network Card Fundraiser will come to a close on Wednesday, December 18.

The race is on for individual and team prizes for top sellers and performers!

Help us close 2013 with a bang as we look to raise needed funds to support and enhance the programming we offer our young athletes.

Helpful Hint
Your child's teacher(s) are perfect candidates to approach with this discount card opportunity. In exchange for the $25 donation in support of their student, teachers will benefit from savings through a vast network of deals and discounts, all accessible at their fingertips via the member website or on their smartphones.


You can now sell your cards online through the MTA website through our online purchasing feature.  


You can now donate through the MTA website in addition to, or in place of selling cards.  Instructions for online donation here.


Report Your Progress
Make sure to let your N$N Coordinator know how many cards you've sold so we can update the Top Individual Seller List and the Top Team Sales List.  Top seller standings lists will be published next week.


Top Individual Sales Prizes 

  • Ipad Air- Top Seller
  • Ipad Mini- Second Place
  • $100 Visa Gift Card- Third Place
  • $100 Eurosport Gift Card- Fourth Place
  • $50 Visa Gift Card- Fifth-Seventh Place
  • $50 Eurosport Gift Card- eighth Place
Hobbs Returns From U20 WNT Camp


Tarah Hobbs, 95 ECNL & current U of M Goalie, has returned from California after a week of training with the U20 WNT.


CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2013) - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team will hold a training camp running from Nov. 24-Dec. 1 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.  This event will serve as a bridge camp to the mid-December event in Florida which will be the final preparation for the team before the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands in January.
"Our upcoming camp is an incredible opportunity to evaluate players who have excelled during their recent college season, including several players that have never been involved with our youth national team programs," said French. "Due to the November camp running concurrently with the NCAA tournament, we were able to cast a wider net, which will ultimately help us in selecting the best group of players to represent the U.S. in the upcoming U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying tournament."

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